Ian H Mackay
About Ian H Mackay
Ian Mackay spent his working career as a university lecturer in property economics and portfolio management in South Africa and Canada. After retirement he volunteered in flag protocol for the Vancouver 2010 & London 2012 Olympic Games, and the Pan American Games in Toronto in 2015. He travels the globe extensively with his wife Diane, and they still enjoy tent camping & hiking in the wilderness. He has published a number of non-fiction books on Travelling, Green Value, the history of his Scottish ancestral homestead, and WW II. During the Covid-19 to Covid-22 pandemic he became intrigued by the pre-colonial history of prolific elephant hunter and explorer Henry Hartley (1815-1876) and the character of this 1820 English settler and southern African pioneer
It has been fascinating to read the history of Henry Hartley by Ian Mackay.
My wife is the great great granddaughter of Hartley. Her grandmother, Henrietta Hartley, was Hartley’s granddaughter (daughter of his son Thomas, I believe) who married her grandfather Michael Hayes at Thornhill in 1891 (as stated in the family bible from that time that we have in our possession). They moved to Rhodesia and farmed in the Marandellas region (I assume after Thornhill farm had been burned down by the British). My wife’s father was their fourteenth and youngest offspring who was born on the farm and raised by his sisters.
Ian mentions some of Hartley’s descendants, one of whom, Simon, still lives in the Magaliesberg area, and this information might be of interest to them.
Thanks for the feedback, Jonathan
The family in SA are aware of the book.